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upheld by the talents of one man, let counter, we know, to the present docthem be ever so brilliant--two or trine in vogue; but we confess with three good lamps enliven the dark- Sir Joshua Reynolds, that it appears ness much better than the most eye- more honourable to fall in flying aster blinding flashes of lightning; and M. Angelo than to succeed by creepKean is not to be kept on the stage ing with Ostade and Brouwer. C. constantly, throughout five acts, as Lamb himself has failed to change you may a glass chandelier. Good- this studiously weighed opinion of for-nothing people have a notion that ours; so has Hazlitt (though to the Drury Roscius has something to differ from him is a good deal predo with this beggarly array, and do sumptuous, and not a little dangernot scruple to charge him with the ous). * At present Mr. Kean too often “ lowest players' vices-envy and resembles his double, Booth, rather jealousy, and miserable cravings after than himself; the harmonizing glaapplause: one who in the exercise of zings are scoured off in patches, and his profession is jealous, even of the the dead colouring is left bare. It is women performers that stand in his the delicate, almost imperceptible way, full of tricks, stratagems, and finishing, that shows the master; the finesse."--If these things were true, imitating pupils can forward the piclet him be whistled down the wind, ture. K—'s lazy play is in singular a sport for chiding fortune; “ for why unison with the developements of should honour survive honesty?" But character in Müllner; every word is we have a better opinion of Mr. anatomized and commented on; every Kean's theatrical knowledge; he expression must be marked and inmust be aware that his feeling and sisted on. The faculties of attention nature cut sadly against the coldness and comprehension are kept painfully and impracticability of his colleagues, tense—he is inflexible that his art and that the audience soon get tired of shall be apprehended; there is an his hectoring triumphs over their evi- excess of consciousness; the audience dent inferiority. There is no sport! admire and applaud, and few take the he walks over the course ; and 'tort- trouble to investigate whether they strung must those powers be which were moved by the keys of the heart are not enervated by this dangerous or the head. I have as great a disfacility. To our mind some trifling like to all this glitter and blaze as I symptoms of this degeneracy are, if have to a picture where every. face we may use the figure, creaming over and body is eruditely and inthe style of Kean. Flattery before discriminately fore-shortened. Still him, and weakness beside him, have Kean's worst is preferable to Young's swelled a proper self-appreciation best; and when the afflatus comes on into a dreaming security ; he seems, him, as in Othello, he wrings the generally speaking, to have composed heart-strings even to breaking. To a sort of off-hand compendious the- return to our starting place, (we have ory of setting giddy palms in motion, a sad knack of bolting, as Buckle lively and imposing, flashy and shal- would say,) if the popularity of this low, which, though more affected true genius is on the wane, he may than the graceful majesty of John lay to his own sluggishness, and to Kemble, is termed nature by his pa- the play-bill puffs which blush in red rasites. All these pictorialiy-mean letters at their own grossness. “MR. and petty gestures, (nearly as dis- Kean's performance of Sir Giles gusting to a man of taste as a cour- Overreach exceeded even the effects tier’s finical bow) come home to their of his first delineation of that charactrammeled comprehensions; and con- ter, and was honoured with repeated sequently the broadly expanded no- bursts of applause until the falling of ble actions of John Philip are to the curtain! The whole of the play them foolishness. We are running seeming also to contribute highly to
* We have not forgotten Mr. Hazlitt's attack on our old friend Janus, in the Table Talk, and had thought to have taken up the cudgels, but W. assured us that he was quite satisfied :-1. Because he had no mind to another drubbing.—2. Because most of the points answered themselves.-3. Because he had made the great Lion wag his tail. -And, 4. Because the satire of his Diogenes had immortalized the victiin.
“ Better be damned, than mentioned not at all.”
the public satisfaction, it will be re- cite the softer emotions, and hence, peated to-morrow, being Mr. Kean's in his Fair Penitent, Jane Shore, last appearance until the termination and Lady Jane Grey, he has successo of the Christmas Holidays !!” This fully chosen female heroines and their latter sentence is untrue-he has weaknesses for his subject.” All played Hastings and Macbeth twice we know of his Jane Grey is, that cach! after announcing Hastings there is a very pretty print by Sher(“. for this night only.') People are win, of Mrs. by way of fronsick of such quackery.
tispiece in Lowndes's New English Dec. 16.-A fuller house was as- Theatre, published circa 1780. Wę sembled than on any previous night never read or saw The Fair Penitent, in the season. The pit was crowded, being amply contented with Massin, and the front rows of the dress circle ger's original. Of Jane Shore we can looked gay with silks, gold combs, speak from several painful experiflowers, variegated shawls, and rich- ences which sit heavy on our memocoloured jewels. The attraction was ries. Rowe is reported to have meant a Miss Edmiston in the part of Jane it for a Drama in the spirit of Shak, Shore, supported by Kean in the wa- speare we cannot find any touch of vering Hastings ; and by the noisy the great artist either in the conpartisans of that gentleman, who it duct, the cast of thought, or the lan, seems had prognosticated success; guage. Were you to take away the therefore she was to succeed. The measure and the exterior ornaments lady, who appears about seven from Hamlet, there would still be poand twenty, received the welcoming etry and sweetness; but the elevation hubbub with all imaginable serenity, of Rowe resides in a sort of cautious Her curtsey. sank into a kneel, and mouthing far beneath the hot rants of drew, as was intended, a fresh tu- Eleazar, Edipus, and Alexander ; mult of applause. An affected drag while his melody is little better than in her step was construed, by those the monotonous recurrence of a Merdetermined to think favourably, into lin's swing, or the easy trundle of a a modest tremor; so was the inau- family coach. One of the personages dibility of her level speaking: we is called Belmour, and this delicate cold critics have the cruel faculty of appellation is a felicitous type of a detecting the truth, and to us there Drama which “ assumes to be poetry was too much of artifice in her gen- because it is not prose.” If Miss Ed. tleness. It is ill-advised to confess it miston displayed little intuition into, perhaps; but the singular self-posses- or observation of, the secrets of sion that marked this first appear. nature in the guilty Jane, we must ance on any stage" hardened our not argue thence her insufficiency; for hearts considerably against her of what use could the deepest insight charms: the reader will, therefore, into the genuine passions be in pasmake allowance for a little un-gallan- sages after this plan, with which, for try towards an unprotected female, as the sake of better justifying our obfolks say. We must pass the sentence jections, we shall entreat the reader of the law, though the tears run down to contrast the death of Mrs. Frankour judge-like cheeks. Perhaps we ford, the Woman killed with Kindness, were out of humour to see that our of that prose Shakspeare, Old Heyshare of encouragement was needless, wood-straw versus flesh and blood, for she could do nothing to please us He will find the scene in Lamb and the whole night. We did not like her Campbell. voice, we did not like her gesticula- Bel.
How fare you, lady ? tion, we did not like her pathetics, Jane. My heart is thrill’d with horror, we did not like her heroics; and though her figure and features were
Bel. good, we neither liked her in full Your husband lives : 'tis he, my worthiest
friend-look up. dress nor in dishabille. Something of this lack-sympathy grew out of Oh! that my eyes could shut him out for
Jane. I dare not ! the character itself, and the whole indefinite diction of the play. A. Shore. Am I so hateful, then, so deadly Schlegel kindly says that “ Rowe did
to thee, not possess boldness and vigour, but To blast thy eyes with horror ? Since I'm sweetness and feeling; he could ex
Be of courage :
A burden to the world, myself, and thee, attempts to career it on his part over Would I had ne'er survived to see thee the necks of the audience: but it
is sorry work to ride a saddle without Jane. Oh! thou most injured-dost thou a horse.-Geraldi Duval, the laughlive indeed ?
able farce of Monsieur Tonson, and Fall then, ye mountains, on my guilty head !
“ The splendid exhibition of the CoroHide me, ye rocks, within your secret ca
nation!” have been alternated durverns ! Cast thy black veil upon my shame, oh ing the last month as usual.night,
THE OTHER LARGE HOUSE. And shield me with thy sable wing for ever! The stage proceedings here are
best given from their own bills. Who will pretend that this has either originality or vraisemblance. The Play of The Two GENTLEMEN Not to insist on such hollow talk as
of VERONA, again produced as great an “ black night and sable wing,” it is
effect on a brilliant and overflowing audi.
ence as any previous revival of Shaksthroughout manifest that the writer
PEARE. The introduction of his SONNETS has merely skimmed the surface; he and the Musick, were enthusiastically reputs down words instead of things; ceived, and the CARNIVAL was not only no distinction of character is to be deemed a most magnificent spectacle, but a found. “ When we accurately exa- classical embellishment of a Play of our mine the most of their (the drama- Immortal Bard. - The Two Gentlemen of tists of that day) tragical speeches, Verona will therefore be performed on Sa. we shall find that they are seldom turday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thurssuch as would be delivered by per- day, and four times a week till further no
tice. sons speaking or acting by them
The New Entertainment, called THE selves, without any restraint; we
Two PAGES OF FREDERICK shall generally discover something in Great, continuing to be received throughthem which betrays a reference more out with the highest approbation and apor less to the spectator." Still Rowe plause, will be repeated every evening. must have his due ; and it cannot be In consequence of the increased demand denied, that by incorporating his expo- for places, The Exile will be performed sition or statement of the preliminary for the 29th and 30th times to-morrow and and actual situation of things with Tuesday.positive dramatic action, he has over- We shall not discharge our funccome that tedium which oppresses in tion thoroughly if we do not say one the awkward prologues of Euripides, word on the first of the above loadand the chief French writers both in stars. Let Mr. Reynolds write oriTragedy and the higher Comedy. ginal dramatic rhapsodies as long and We should not have been so wordy as often as he pleases, and as the on this leaden stock piece, were it not good-natured gallery will bear; but that while many excellent plays of let him not attempt to darn ShaksThomas Heywood, Marston, Fletcher, peare's Plays that need no mending, Jonson, Ford, &c. lie dustily honour- and least of all such mending as Mr. ed in the collections of Dodsley and Reynolds can give them. Reed, or the somewhat more popular The exterior ornaments are showeditions of Gifford and Weber, the ered over the withered carcase of this stage libraries creak with a body of Play with a brave prodigality; it is respectable doaters, who, like Titho- as if Sir Epicure Mammon sat in the nus, seem to preserve immortality in treasury, '“ lord of the medicine." senile decrepitude.
Marble halls cooled with water jets, The character of Alicia (to return, which catch, and fling back fresher, we are always returning ?) is in itself the languid richness of the orange sufficiently ugly and coarse. Why blossoms; dark hoary woods; silent should it be delivered over to Mrs. shrubbed lawns, trimmed, curled, Merrilies, Mrs. (what is her name?) and set in order,-lucid lakes, blackEgerton. Mr. Pope acted the noble- dashing torrents, and sunny casinos, minded husband well. Mr. Cooper form the back-ground to the wellas the Lord Protector, ditto. Kean's formed figures of Miss M. Tree, Hastings saved the play.-- -Of Jones, and Abbott. Then shines De Montfort we would rather be si- forth the pantomimical triumph of lent. The great little man made that Ami des Enfans Mr. Farley,-the most desperate and oftimes brave “ Go with him, and he will show"
Apollonian temples, fiery mountains, question had perceived the fitness of allegorical palaces, the circling the introduction in any one of his artseasons, conflicting elements, and fully interwoven emanations, it would “ the serpent of Old Nile as when have been done. Sentences and defirst she met Marc Antony, and scriptions may be good by themselves, pursed his heart up on the river yet impertinent as parts of a whole ; Cydnus." When-
because their mutual relations and The barge she sat in like a burnish'd throne dependencies are neglected or misunBurn'd on the waters.
derstood. It was this rare compre
hension of a whole which shed on the When
laurel crowns of Shakspeare and On each side of her
Raffaëlle that bloom, which shall Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling remain fresh and dewy while a scene Cupids,
or group shall survive of their invenWith diverse-colour'd fans, whose wind did tion.
The actors come next, we believe? To glow the delicate cheeks which they did Miss Tree's Julia was in a higher
cool, And what they did, undid.
taste, in a deeper gusto, than any of
the other personations. She threw In sober truth the Carnival, with herself devotedly into the part, reits illuminations, processions, dances, ceived passively the inspiration of her and pageants, is surprisingly splen- author, and, thus possessed wholly did, and would be admirable any with his idea, poured forth into every where else but where it is ; and the gesture, look, and word, the genuine same may be said of the extraneous woman when she loves--yearningly lyrical poetry, the sole effect of which timid, bashfully bold. Miss Tree has is to distract the most determined at- gradually gained to herself a superior tention, and retard the natural deve- and more permanent station than she lopement of the fable. The effect of originally made pretension to; and the only song proper to the play, is now no longer a singer who can (" Who is Sylvia ?"), is marred act, but an actress who can sing. beyond all conceivable indigna- Her figure round, yet slender--her tion, by Bishop and Reynolds toge- limbs full, yet long-show to greater ther having, for the sake of a female advantage her advantageously convoice in the glee, made the wretched trived androgynal vestments; Julia assist in praising her dreaded whose softly harmonised colours evirival, while the ensuing dialogue is dence much sentiment and feeling, retained, as if to throw ridicule on either in herself or her adviser. Her their own folly. “ Host. How now, light-bending attitudes when greedily you are sadder than you were be- yet fearfully drinking in the accents fore? How do you do, man? The of her lover, may be contemplated as music likes you not !-Julia. You untiringly as the living lilies of Allemistake! The musician likes me not. gri and Parmegiano. Messrs. Abbott
He plays false, father. Host. and Blanchard come next, for intelHow? out of tune on the strings ?- ligence, spirit, and propriety in disJulia. Not so; but yet so false that charging their respective characters. he grieves my very heart-strings.” Miss Beaumont was not half arch Is this the language of a person who enough in Lucetta : she is a pretty has just sung her part at sight? This girl, with an honest English expresis not all: how can it be reconciled sion spread over her face like a even to poetical possibility, that an steady sunshine. Of Liston and Farutter stranger (which Julia absolute- ren we cannot speak with commenly is) both to the music and the dation : yet they failed divergingly: words, should swim so toppingly off Launce was not liked by the former, in her share of each. This comes of and Sir Thurio was at feud with the a Sir Thurio meddling, who does not latter. Farren had not only missed know the distinction between a regu- his way, like Liston (who had the lar romantic Drama and an Opera. discretion to remain uncomfortably We should have thought any fool dubious), but dashed merrily along (Hamlet's grave digger to borrow) the lane of error. Does Mr. F. supmight have surmised, that if the great pose that quizzing glasses were creauthor of the detached pocms inated in the opening of the sixteenth century ? Or that if they were, a but- talent that he never was offensive or terfly, like Sir Thurio, would have liable to ridicule. This gentleman employed one on Valentine without wears a long Spanish cloak better brooking the buffet or the stab? than any one on the stage ; indeed, he Miss Hallande sings very loud ; and graces every costume. well, we make no doubt, as great ap- Of the “ Two Pages," we can only plause followed the heels, or the final say that it is an old story pleasantly cadential shakes of several vocal retold. There was a very interesting difficulties, which, with Johnson, we piece on this subject, some years wished were impossibilities. It back (from the pen of Mr. Abbott, would be very unfair, as well as un- of this theatre) in which Terry as grateful, to criticise the lively Jones's Frederic William, the father of Valentine. He was altogether thrust Frederic the Great, was unapproachinto a misfit; and it showed no little able.
REPORT OF MUSIC.
The progress of Madame Catalani let is to be splendid. The performers through the country has been marked engaged for the vocal department by festivals at Bath, Bristol, Glas- are as follows: gow, and Edinburgh. We related Madame Camporese, Madame Ronin our last some anecdotes of her zi di Begni, Signora Cintai, from the performances at the first named city. Italian Theatre Royal, Paris, Signora The lady is, however, creating for Graziani, from the Theatre Royal, herself hosts of enemies while her Munich, (neither of the two latter powers make their natural impres- have yet appeared in this country), sion. The exorbitancy of her de- Signora Rosalbina Caradori, Signor mands (generally a considerable share Curioni, Signor Cerutti, from the of the receipts) transfers to her grand Theatre, Genoa, (who has nepocket so disproportionate a sum, ver yet appeared in this country), that disparagement and hostility are Signors di Begni, Ambrogetti, Placci, scarcely to be wondered at. By the Angrisani, and Cartoni, from the Bath Concerts Mr. Ashe, the con- grand Theatre de Bologne d'Italie, ductor, was really a loser of 2001 Signor Zucchelli, from the Theatre while Catalani gained nearly 500l.' Aliberti, Rome, (neither of the two At Bristol her emoluments were latter have yet appeared in this counabout the same, while the conductor try). Spagnoletti leads. We are sorry there just escaped loss. At Glasgow to perceive that Mr. Ayrton is no the following has been published as longer in the direction. The deputy the statement of the payment of the director, the Chevalier Petracchi, is several performers, and the result to from Milan. The talents of the new the charity for which the Concert singers, we suspect, do not rank very was made. The gross receipts a- high. It is arranged that Mr. mounted to about 2,3001, and the ex- Bochsa is to have the Oratorios at penses to 2,100. Madame Catalani Covent Garden; and he enjoys the received about 7601. Mr. Braham, able assistance of Sir George Smart, 2501. Mrs. Salmon, 2001. Signor as conductor. Catalani actually reSpagnoletti, 1201. Signor Placci, 80l. fused 1,5001. as the price of her enand upwards of 300l. were expended gagement, and would listen to noin alterations on the house. The thing under 2,0001. profits to the charity will be about The publishers of music seem to 2001.
proceed upon a very singular, and The arrangements for the King's perhaps not quite a fair plan as it retheatre are at length settled. It is spects each other: no sooner has one announced by Mr. Ebers that the started an idea, than another endeaopera will be under the direction of vours to participate in the success of a committee of noblemen. The bal- the invention by an imitation of the
The music was flashy and perishable. Mr. Bishop judges an English audience unworthy of his finer compositions. Rossini's lees are good enough for them ! we believe he is right.